Description of the Industry
According to the most recent
statistics in 1990 from the Census of Population and Housing, the total population of Lumpkin County was 14,573 of these 2,051
individuals were over the age of 60 years. This is 14.07% of the total population.
Description of the Customer
The typical customer who
participates in the Home Delivered Meal program is over the ago of 60, low income, is at high nutritional risk, requires some
assistance with performing activities of daily living, and needs more assistance with independent activities of daily living,
therefore the need for service to remain independent is greater. Those clients
who participate in the Congregate Meal program are 55 and older, are
only at moderate nutritional risk, need little or no assistance with activities of daily living and require only assistance
with independent activities of daily living.
Careful coordination with
other community resources can delay or eliminate the need for institutionalization.
The Congregate Meal participants
are able to contribute to the senior services programs both physically and financially.
An average of 625 hours are contributed each month to a variety of volunteer projects.
Individuals are encouraged to assist other organizations whenever possible and volunteer opportunities are presented
There is currently no competition
for Home Delivered Meals, Congregate Meals, or Transportation (other than unified transportation through the state). There are other programs available for recreation and social interactions by North
Georgia College Continuing Education, Lumpkin County Park & Recreation and the Travel Club of the Lumpkin County Bank.
The recreation and social
activities that we provide are developed with the special needs of interest of the mature adult in mind. The trips are designed to be shorter in duration and are to places with handicap accessibility. Activities at the center take into consideration the energy level, decreased visual acuity, hearing deficits
ad limited mobility of an older population.
Arrangements can be made
to provide more individualized assistance as necessary so that most clients can participate in a variety of activities.